Your Teeth in My Neck

I’m sure you guys know by now, that I’m not the most consistent of bloggers (Although, I am trying to change that I promise). It can sometimes take me weeks or even months to get a post published. Therefore you should be happy to know, that this current post has only been brewing for a matter of days. After hearing Kali Uchis’ new song, “Your Teeth in My Neck” I knew that I couldn’t just sit around and not talk about it. The song first came on in the car, when me and my sister were listening to the radio (BBC Radio 1 of course). As soon as the song had finished playing, the melody of the chorus was already stuck in my head…VERY CATCHY INDEED!!! However, my only criticism of “Your Teeth in My Neck” is that I wish it was longer than 3 minutes and 7 seconds (yep- I just can’t get enough of such an amazing tune!!!)

The song reminds me a little of The Internet’s “Dontcha” because of its funky and groovy sound. And both definitely strike me as tracks that would sound perfect in the Summertime.

Last month, Kali Uchis released, “Isolation” her highly anticipated debut album, which I know many of her fans were eagerly waiting for her to drop. So far I have only listened to, “Your Teeth in My Neck”, “After the Storm” and “Tyrant“. However, I will definitely get round to listening to the rest of the album because my brother says it is, “really, really, good.” And from the little I’ve heard, it’s not hard to believe that at all.

*On a side note…I think Lion Babe may be getting ready to release a new album soon as they have brought out 3 new songs in the last few months- “Rockets” ft. Moe Moks, “Honey Dew” and “The Wave” ft. Leikeli47. I would probably have to say, “The Wave” is my favourite out of the three because it makes me get on my feet and dance and it also gets me in the mood for Summer!!!



Hey guys, you might be thinking why the title of this post is in fact a date, especially a date set in the not-so-distant-past. The true story is that I first published this post about a year ago, more a less around the time of the first Muslim Women’s Day. I remember I couldn’t quite believe that a date in the calendar (27th March) had been set aside to celebrate Muslim women and their achievements (Happy Days!!!). However for some reason unbeknownst to me, my original post (27.03.17) disappeared from my blog and ended up in my drafts. I don’t quite know why this happened- but I was thinking that maybe somebody reported it and that it had to be taken down. It’s funny because this was the first time I had written a post which touched on topics to do with faith and religion. Anyway coincidental or otherwise…I have decided to re-package and publish the post again…In my original post, I spoke about Mona Haydar and her song, “Hijabi.” Another song of hers that I like is “Dog” ft Jackie Cruz, in which she raps about sleazy and inappropriate men and calls them out as dogs. At the end of the video, two statistics flash up on the screen, “1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime” and “In the time it took to watch this video, 27 women in the US have been assaulted or abused.”

This year the theme of Muslim Women’s Day was about women standing up to violence, which is a campaign that I fully support and hope will continue to raise awareness on an issue that unfortunately affects many women across different cultures, backgrounds and countries.

Please see below for the original (27.03.17) post:

“I thought Monday 27th March 2017, was just like any other day, but oh how wrong I was!!! This date actually marked Muslim Women’s Day…whaat I couldn’t believe my eyes!!! Had there been others that I had missed??? No, today marked the first ever one!!! A day that celebrates the achievements of muslim women and places them at the forefront…could not have come at a better time.

The brains behind this awesome campaign came from MuslimGirlwhich is a new favourite website of mine. Even though “muslim” women are the target audience, the website is great because it discusses a variety of contemporary issues that are relatable to all women.

Thanks to MuslimGirl, I discovered the artist/poet, Mona Haydar whose song Hijabi (Wrap my hijab) was released on the 27.03.17. When I gave it a listen, I loved everything about it from the lyrics, to the background music and the way Mona raps over a slick beat. The song is very much a pro-hijab anthem which champions the women who choose to wear the religious veil. It is also unashamedly feminist with lyrics like, “Make a feminist planet, women haters get banished, covered up or not don’t ever take us for granted.”

Despite what people might think about the hijab or what it represents, Mona makes it clear that she will still continue to wear her headscarf.

“What that hair look like, bet that hair look nice? How long your hair is, you need to get yo life…”

“So even if you hate it, I still wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab…”

The hijab is like the dress code for muslim women and it symbolises modesty, obedience and faith not oppression and lack of freedom…so please don’t get it twisted.

I have so much admiration and respect for those who choose to wear the hijab because by doing so, people automatically know what religion they practise. It’s like wearing a T-shirt that says, “Look at me, I am a muslim.”

In our current climate, muslims are unfortunately paying the price for the actions of a minority. Muslims are being branded as “terrorists” and face being assaulted by those who actually believe this to be true…For this reason, I have even more respect for the women who choose to “wrap their hijabs” before leaving their homes.”


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Mona Haydar

Muslim Women's Day 2018

Muslim Women’s Day 2018


I know I go on and on about discovering new songs on *Youtube…but also just sitting down to watch music channels is another way in which I’ve found out about fresh new artists and talent. Tinie Tempah (Pass Out), Justin Nozuka (My Heart is Yours), Drake (Successful) were all once names that I first came across when their videos played on a music channel.

Most recently, I can now add Lauv to the list after his bright and cheerful music video for  “I Like Me Better” caught my eye when I was flicking through the music channels. I really like the positive energy of the song and how he sings about being in a relationship with someone who brings out the best in him. However, despite it being catchy and upbeat, I couldn’t quite connect with the song for some reason. And therefore I was left feeling a little undecided about Lauv at this stage. It wasn’t until I heard, “Easy Love” that he completely won me over. The song is very much the definition of calm and relaxing rnb, and I particularly love the melody of the verses and the tranquil sounds of the instruments in the background.



So there you have it…a perfect example of why it’s good to give people a second chance…alright Lauv you can stay in my good books 😉

*YouTube is like a fountain of new music. 

The Year of the K

This year I have come across some amazing acts and funnily enough all their names have started with the letter “K”.

First there’s Kehlani who I spoke about in my last post (click here)

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Then there’s Kelela who I caught on an episode of “Later with Jools Holland.” Her performance of “LMK” was both stunning and sophisticated.



And last but not least, there is Kali Uchis. Her song “Tyrant” popped up in my list of recommended videos after watching one too many Jorja Smith videos. So I gave it a listen and was greeted by the soothing sound of a piano and Kali Uchis’ hypnotising vocals. I love the chorus, especially the line, “Keep spinnin’ me ’round (and ’round) x4.” The slow tempo of the song is perfect for winding those hips round and round and round and round. If you don’t believe me just take a look at the music video as Kali Uchis does just that. She is an artist that is very much in demand and has featured on tracks with the Gorillaz, Daniel Caesar, Miguel and Tyler, The Creator.

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Kali Uchis

For me, 2017 was definitely the “Year of the K” and I’m hopeful that Kehlani, Kelela and Kali Uchis will have more great music to offer us in 2018 !!! 😉

Calvin.Kehlani.Lil Yachty

The first song I ever heard from Calvin Harris was “Acceptable in the 80’s” (2006) and since then he has gone on to become one of the most sought after DJs in the WORLD!!!

Over the years, he has evolved, re-invented his sound and even himself. He is a hit-making machine and this is clear from his latest album, “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.” The tracks, “Slide“, “Feels“, “Heatstroke” have all gone down a treat so far and now I can add, “Faking It” to the list.

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Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris has worked with a revolving door of musicians and on “Faking It” he enlists the help of Kehlani and Lil Yachty. For months, I have heard about Kehlani because her name has been on a lot of people’s lips, however I didn’t think to check her out until now. It was after listening to “Faking It” that I decided to take some real notice. After doing a little digging, I can see why other artists admire her because she seems like such a sweet, humble and down-to-earth person. She can also sing for r-e-a-l and I love that she is a Demi Lovato fan!!!



Okay back to “Faking It”…after hearing the first 5 seconds of the intro, I just knew that I was going to enjoy the rest of the song (and surprise surprise, I did). The visuals for the music video are really majestic and I love how it captures the beauty found within the natural world with shots of different animals and creatures. The presence of ice in the background also gives the video a rich and luxurious feel.

“I’ve got love for you, if you were born in the 80’s.” [Calvin Harris, “Acceptable in the 80’s”]. Sorry Calvin, I was born in the 90’s but I will forgive you. Just continue to produce amazing tunes and we can call it even 😉


There’s Something About Miguel

Miguel is one of those artists who seems to have the whole package:

a) He can saaang  b) He can perform  c) He’s got the looks  d) He has confidence

and the list goes on and on…

But out of everything, I became a fan after hearing his incredible vocals. Whenever his name is mentioned, it always gets me excited because I know he is going to deliver something special!!!

Although Miguel shows the classic signs of an all-rounder he has been a member of the “talented but under-rated” club for a little while now. I remember reading a comment under the music video for “Lost in your Light” (the song he does with Dua Lipa). Someone had written, “Is it only me who loves Miguel? I feel like I’m his only fan on planet earth.” There were times when I thought the same but I now know that is definitely not the case. However, I still get surprised when people say they have heard of him (sorry, years of practise).

About a couple of months ago, Miguel dropped the song “Sky Walker” ft Travis Scott- a track from his soon to be released “War & Leisure” album. It is catchy, has chilled-out vibes and is sure to put a smile on your face. The music video also looked like it was a lot of fun to film. I like how the name of the song, is an actual reference to the jedi knight from Star Wars, “Luke Skywalkin’ on my haters.” As well as Star Wars, the film Top Gun also gets a mention, “Top Gun on my Tom Cruise.” (I’m guessing Miguel is a fan of these classic movies).



So two thing to remember guys:

#1 War & Leisure is out on Friday 1st December (I will be getting my hands on a copy)

#2 Please check out the song and video for “Told You So“- (it is sooooo good, I have probably listened to it every single day since it was released!!!)

“Chapters” & “Mad Love”

This is not the first time that “JoJo” and “Yuna” have appeared on this blog. However it is the first time that I have mentioned them in the same post. I thought it would be fitting as they both brought out sensational albums last year, which I have listened to multiple times from start to finish.

“Chapters” is the third album from Yuna, which in my opinion is a solid body of work and the critics seem to agree. It claimed the #13 spot in Rolling Stone’s 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016 (which is a pretty big deal). There are obviously tracks that stand out for me on the album (“Lanes“, “Used to Love You” ft Jhené Aiko, “Time”) but on the whole, every track deserves to be listened to and has earned its rightful place. * You know an album is good when you can listen to it all the way through without skipping the album tracks to get to the singles and vice versa.

With Yuna, I had a feeling that she was bringing out a new album because of the sudden stream of new music on my YouTube homepage (“Places to Go” & “Crush” ft Usher). Whereas with JoJo, I kind of stumbled upon “Mad Love” and thank goodness that I eventually did or else I could have missed out on hearing some great songs like”FAB” ft Remy Ma. With YouTube’s help I was able to listen to the entire “Mad Love” album. #YT saves the day!!!

I have got to say I have a soft spot for FAB (Fake Ass Bitches), especially the chorus which is so bad ass and in your face. It is one of those choruses, which should be sung as loudly as possible.


Fake ass bitches
When they smile in your face, but behind you it ain’t well wishes
When they eatin’ all the food off your plate and they don’t do dishes
When they words and they actions blur and they don’t know different
No time for these fake ass bitches

I like the song she does with Alessia Cara (I Can Only) who is also an amazing singer and whose song “Here” I will cherish forever (It’s not everyday that you find a song that you can relate to on such a personal level).

There is actually a video of JoJo, Alessia Cara and JinJoo (DNCE guitarist) performing “I Can Only” in a public bathroom!!! Science has proved that you sound better when singing in a bathroom (something to do with the acoustics) so maybe that’s the idea they were going for 😉 All I can say is that they all sound like stellar performers !!!

Yuna II






The Daley that got away…

When you type “Daley” into Google, the sites that come up are mostly related to British diver, Tom Daley. However, flame-haired singer “Daley” (whose full name is Gareth Daley) is another Daley that the UK needs to get behind.

Years ago now, I remember watching Wretch 32 perform the song “Long Way Home” on Later with Jools Holland. For this particular song, he was joined on stage by Daley whose chorus perfectly complemented Wretch 32’s raw and hard-hitting verses. After that episode of “Jools”, Daley’s voice and certainly his look had left an impression on my mind so I downloaded his “Those who Wait” EP. This EP features “Alone Together“, the track he did with Marsha Ambrosius which has become one of his most successful songs and is definitely a fan favourite!!! Hailing from Manchester (England), the home-grown talent has also made sweet music with artists such as Jessie J (Remember Me), Pharrell Williams (Look Up) and the Gorillaz (Doncamatic).

Daley has already got a debut album (Days & Nights) under his belt and he has just recently released his second called ” The Spectrum.” So fingers crossed he will be touring soon* me thinks*, and guess what he is…but all the dates that I have seen are only in the States 😦 Across the pond, Daley has a huge following of fans and rightly so because his voice is beautiful, full of soul and he hits those high notes like the pro he is!!! His music is adored in the United States and the love that he receives out there is much more than in the UK. As much as it saddens me that I don’t know when he will next make an appearance on home-soil*, I’m glad that he is making a name for himself in the USA.

The first single off his latest album is called, “Until the Pain is Gone” and it features Jill Scott. I can’t wait to hear the other songs off this record because I know they are gonna be spectacular!!! XxX

*Okay scratch that, I’ve just found out that Daley is going on a World Tour and he will be coming to Europe, America and the UK!!!! 🙂


Daley rocking his curly bouffant and shades!!!


New Music Round-Up

I think its been 3 or 4 months since I last posted in my blog and I genuinely feel so bad about this 😦 The reason why my posts have been so thin on the ground lately is because I am currently doing a Master’s degree at university…Yep, I have returned back to the days of being a student and the stress of “oh” so many deadlines and assignments. I’m not gonna lie but this Master’s is really taking it out of me!!!

Anyway in the months that I have been absent, I have still managed to hear plenty of brand, new music. Therefore, in this post I am just going to round-up all the new music that I have listened to in the last few months (below):

  1. Fenech-Soler- Cold Light– The electro-disco group recently released third album, “Zilla” which features the song Cold Light. For a little while, I was not too sure about what I thought of the track because it sounded quite different from their other songs. However once I got over that minor detail, the song grew into an absolute favourite of mine 🙂
  2. Gallant, Tablo, Eric NamCave Me In – The three artists are all incredible on this dreamy RnB track. I would love to see them collaberate on another song together or possibly form a boy-band 😉 (just kidding, not kidding)
  3. Will HeardI Better Love You– This song is from his new EP (Trust). After lending his vocals to songs with Rudimental and Tourist. I’m glad that he is now releasing his own music and people seem to be loving it!!!
  4. Zak AbelUnstable– Another great song from an artist that deserves way more attention at the moment.
  5.  DJ Fresh vs. DiploBang Bang (R City, Selah Sue & Craig David)– The song features several different artists, however it was Selah Sue’s smoky vocals that stood out for me. It was music magazine, The Fly (sadly closed for business in 2014) which first got me hooked on Selah Sue’s music after they noted her song, “Raggamuffin” for recommended listening. I don’t know how many people know of the Belgian artist but I’m sure collaborations with huge artists like DJ Fresh and Major Laser will certainly earn her more fans!!!
  6. M.ONot In Love– I don’t have enough fingers to count the number of fantastic tracks that this female trio have brought out 🙂
  7.  JP CooperSeptember Song– His live vocals are raw, soulful and mesmerising, I can’t believe I am only just hearing about this guy 😉 #Exceptional talent

Selah Sue


Zak Abel



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Tablo, Gallant & Eric Nam


JP Cooper

Do not get in the way of Gallant and his McFlurry

I got to know about Gallant, after hearing his song, “Talking to Myself” which was played regularly on the radio. Every time it was played on the radio, I grew more and more interested in the man behind those irresistible and gorgeous vocals. Initially, I thought I was listening to Tyler James, who was a promising contestant on the Voice UK, however it seems that he has taken a step back from the world of music. The last song, I heard from him was “Worry About You” featuring Kano.

Gallant is an artist that has gotten to where he is by working hard and mastering his craft, especially his falsetto. His falsetto is out of this world!!!

Gallant the interviewee vs. Gallant the performer

In interviews, Gallant comes across as a very chilled-out guy, however put him on a stage to sing and he becomes this animated and electric performer. It is like the music brings him to life!!!

I love the quality of his voice, I could listen to it all day and hope it will continue to carry him far and bring him further success in the coming year!!!

All that I have left to say is that he has got one of the best voices around at the moment and also please check out the video below, where he explains why he chose to leave New York for Los Angeles. And like many decisions in life, food always plays a vital role… aye. In Gallant’s case, it was to do with a McFlurry 😉